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East Region adults reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than adults in Seattle and South Region.

Social cohesion is generally understood as mutual trust among neighbors combined with a willingness to intervene on behalf of the common good.  Neighborhoods with high levels of social cohesion tend to have lower rates of violence. 

In 2011, King County adults were asked 5 questions about trust in their neighborhood and 5 questions about the likelihood that their neighbors could be counted on to intervene in problem situations. 

  • The mean social cohesion score for adults in King County was 36.2, with a possible range from 10 (low) to 50 (high).
  • Social cohesion scores for East Region residents were higher than those for residents of South Region, Seattle, and King County overall.